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Burt Bacharach’s Best (My Music)

Airs Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Composer Burt Bacharach created some of the most successful pop music ever to grace radio, television and film.

For over half a century, the immensely popular and immediately identifiable melodies of celebrated composer Burt Bacharach have touched millions of music lovers around the world. Bacharach established himself in the 1960s as a topical successor to his Tin Pan Alley predecessors, creating some of the most beloved and successful pop music ever to grace radio, television and film.

Courtesy of TJL Productions

Lyricist Hal David with Dionne Warwick and Burt Bacharach in the recording studio.

Give at the $150 level during our membership campaign and receive a combo package including: "Burt Bacharach's Best" DVD; "Dionne Warwick Sings Burt Bacharach" CD; plus a 3-CD set which includes 75 of Burt Bacharach’s hit songs by the original artists. This gift also includes enrollment in the myKPBS Savers Club plus additional online access to more than 130,000 merchant offers and printable coupons, as well as a KPBS License Plate Frame (if you're a new member).

Hosted by Robert Wagner, this first-time ever archival PBS special includes all the original artists performing Bacharach’s hits with rare footage and clips from the 1960s -1980s. "Burt Bacharach’S Best" (MY MUSIC) premiered on PBS stations on June 1, 2013.

Bacharach teamed with lyricist Hal David for a stunning run of classic songs, many in tandem with Dionne Warwick (“Walk On By,” “I Say A Little Prayer,” “Alfie”).

British songbird Dusty Springfield introduced the seductive standard “The Look Of Love,” while Tom Jones popularized the playful “What’s New Pussycat?,” Herb Alpert romanticized with “This Guy’s In Love With You,” and Jackie DeShannon touched hearts with the iconic “What The World Needs Now Is Love.”

The smashes continued in the seventies when The Carpenters reached #1 with “(They Long To Be) Close To You,” following another number one evergreen, “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head,” the Oscar-winning tune sung by B.J. Thomas in the film "Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid."

Soul-pop ensemble The Fifth Dimension presents the sultry ballad “One Less Bell To Answer.” The 1980s witnessed more Bacharach chart-toppers such as “Arthur’s Theme” sung by Christopher Cross and “That’s What Friends Are For” performed by Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and Elton John.

Burt Bacharach continues to perform concert dates across the globe and his autobiography, "Anyone Who Had A Heart," has just been published by HarperCollins.

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Preview: Burt Bacharach's Best (My Music)

Above: The My Music series spotlights the greatest hits and moments from songwriter and arranger Burt Bacharach in an all-new special, "Burt Bacharach's Best." (c) 2013, Why Not? Why Not! Why Not, Productions, LLC. Airing June 2013 on most PBS stations (check your local listings at pbs.org/tvschedules)

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